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Charity Fraud Awareness Week (27 Nov to 1 Dec): get involved!

Author: Kristina Kopic, Head of Charity and Voluntary Sector

Published: 01 Nov 2023

Every charity, NGO and not-for-profit is susceptible to fraud and cybercrime by criminals exploiting the current global crisis. Charities need to be aware of the risks and take steps to keep their money, people and data safe. The Fraud Advisory Panel and its supporters will be delivering the 8th annual Charity Fraud Awareness Week between Monday 27 November and Friday 1 December.

The 2023 campaign will be bringing together charities/NGOs/not-for-profits and cross-sector representatives to share knowledge, expertise and best practice in fraud prevention.

This year’s international campaign will be covering a wide range of topics throughout the week through a series of blogs, webinars and videos that will be hosted on the Prevent Charity Fraud website and across social media.

ICAEW Charity Community webinar

On 1 December, join our webinar to learn about ‘Charity fraud – latest research and lessons for trustees.’ We will examine the findings from BDO’s recent survey on charity fraud and cybercrime and look at fraud experiences of small charities. In the webinar, we will share practical advice on how charities of all sizes can implement robust policies and processes to manage the risk of fraud and cybercrime.

Highlighting the responsibilities of trustees and treasurers, this webinar will equip you with insightful questions to ask at board meetings, tips on what red flags to watch out for and practical steps you can take as a trustee to prevent fraud. The session will also outline key actions trustees should take if fraud occurs, illustrated by real-life case studies and exploring new risk areas, including the use of generative AI such as ChatGPT.

How to get involved

It’s easy! Here are some ideas.

  • Host an event or team meeting
  • Run a fraud awareness session
  • Write an article for your website or intranet
  • Join one of our live webinars
  • Use (and share!) the free resources
  • Take part in the social media campaign

Find out more about how you can get involved and help raise awareness by visiting the Prevent Charity Fraud website.

Internal messaging and enhanced awareness

Take the week as an opportunity to discuss the challenging topic of fraud with volunteers and staff. Keep them up to date with upcoming threats and trends. And, if you are running an event for the community, let us know so we can support and promote it for you.